Nepal Mountain View

Things worth doing in Nepal (other than trekking)


Nepal is a beautiful country, full of enormous mountains, lush jungle, placid lakes and bustling cities. As one of the countries that boasts Mt Everest within its borderd, Nepal is rightly recognised as one of the ultimate trekking and hiking locations. However, there are many alternative options for those who aren’t interested. Nepal has so much to offer for everyone.

Mountain View Nepal

There are many things to do and see, and this list is just a short list of some of the options.

National parks

National parks Nepal

flickr image by lesley.easton

As well as frozen, barren mountains Nepal also offers lush, green jungle. With many National Parks catering to tourists, it is possible to go on some great walking safaris or jungle visits. You can even get to know a National Park whilst riding on the back of a local elephant. See tigers, crocodiles, rhinos and countless bird species amongst incredible flowers and trees. Some parks include overnight stays or simple day trips, but whatever you choose you are sure to see some amazing flora and fauna.

Learn about Buddhism

Nepal - buddhist prayer wheels

Although primarily a Hindu country, Nepal is also known for being the birthplace of Buddha. Nepal has a remarkable culture of religious tolerance, something not found everywhere in that part of the world. In fact, the tolerance is so high that in certain areas Hindus and Buddhists share deities and cultural celebrations. Whilst in Nepal it is possible to visit teaching monasteries for courses that will introduce you to the amazing history and practices of buddhism. Make sure you read what is involved in the courses though, it is not unheard of for them to have 3 day silences or restricted diets.

Paragliding

Nepal - paragliding

Paragliding is a recent addition to the variety of activities available to tourists, but it is definitely popular! You can glide over the Kathmandu valley or soarover the beautiful Pokhara lake. There are hundreds of local and international providers, so ask around to get a good idea of a fair price. If you’re feeling brave (and you have a strong stomach) you can ask your glide to loop on the way down for an incredible adrenalin rush.

Farmstays or WWOOFing

Nepal - farmstay

Nepal has a few options for those wishing to get out of the cities and into real communities. Research farmstays or WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) to get a chance to stay with a local family out in the countryside. This is a great – and often very cheap – way of getting to more much more about a country and culture, as well as share your own. There are opportunities on many types of farm, from dairy farms to permaculture or orchards. Some farms take more than one volunteer at a time, so it can also be a great way to meet travel buddies.

Eat delicious food

Nepal has amazing food, full of flavours and colours. Curries, curd and amazing fruit can be found easily and very cheaply. Try the delicious local momos, small dough dumplings with meat or vegetable fillings which can be steamed or fried. Even roadside pit stops will offer delicious food, and don’t be afraid to try eating with your (right) hand – it’s trickier than it looks!

Kathmandu

Kathamandu, and in particular the Thamel district, has loads to offer tourists. Climb the steps to the Monkey Temple or go see the Kumari, a living goddess. Eat great food, both local and western, in the many bars and restaurants. Have a yoghurt lassi on a terrace during a hot afternoon and watch the bustling city go by. A great place full of life and soul.

Nepal - monkey temple

Nepal has something for everyone, don’t be put off if you don’t feel like climbing a mountain!

Date posted: 9th March, 2015

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